The holiday season is upon us. This magical time of the year can quickly become stressful for many, both financially and emotionally. But, it doesn’t have to be.
Switching your focus from purchasing lots of gifts to the people you love, and building relationships with them, can help ease the expectations that cause us to spend, spend, spend.
Know that there is a whole community of people who will be there to lend support as you focus on loving people, not things.
Here are some wonderful articles by this community to help you get started-
Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist provides wonderful resources on creating simple holidays and remembering the true meaning for celebrating: love. Check out his posts here-
Courtney Carver of Be More With Less, takes a gentler, but still direct approach to creating a simpler holiday season. A few of her posts can be found here-
Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus of The Minimalists add their insight into just what shopping and consuming does for us (or to us) during the holidays. Their essays are available here-
The majority of us probably aren’t quite ready to have a completely gift-less holiday season, but if you feel like this may be for you, Leo Babauta of Zen Habits gives some great advice and convincing reasons to go without in these posts-
The community of people who are living simpler, more intentional lives is growing. In addition to the better-known minimalists mentioned above, check out the excellent posts below for more holiday season simplifying help.
My hope and wish for you this coming holiday season is that it is filled with more joy, and less stress, and many wonderful memories created with family and friends.